Ninara from Helsinki, Finland via Wikimedia Commons

Israel has all but openly admitted it was behind the large-scale blackout at Natanz, Iran’s primary nuclear facility and reactor. The Iranian terror regime’s Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged the cyber-attack had damaged the electricity grid at the site. Israeli defense chief, Aviv Kochavi, said, according to news reports, that the country’s “operations in the Middle East are not hidden from the eyes of the enemy.”

This strike was done as Team Biden continues to push for talks with Iran, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visits Israel.


The Guardian noted that the “apparent attack took place hours after officials at the Natanz reactor restarted spinning advanced centrifuges that could speed up the production of enriched uranium, in what had been billed as a pivotal moment in the country’s nuclear programme.”

Whether this was a cyber-attack or internal sabotage, or a combination of covert efforts, is not yet clear. What is clear is that Israel is sending a very public message.

Israel imposed no censorship restrictions on coverage as it had often done after similar previous incidents. Israeli Public radio took the unusual step of claiming that the Mossad intelligence agency had played a central role.

Israel remains highly focused on neutralizing Natanz, with a mysterious explosion damaging a centrifuge assembly plant last July, and in 2010, a combined CIA and Mossad cyber-attack using the Stuxnet computer virus delayed Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program several years.

But, this is just the most recent clash in the ongoing ‘shadow war’ between Israel and Iran.

As the Guardian explains:

The unexplained shutdown is thought to be the latest in a series of exchanges between the two arch-enemies, who have fought an extensive and escalating shadow war across the Middle East over more than decade, centred on Iran’s nuclear programme and its involvement in matters beyond its borders.

Clashes have more recently been fought in the open, with strikes against shipping, the killing of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist, hundreds of airstrikes against Iranian proxies in Syria, and even a mysterious oil spill in northern Israel, which officials there have claimed was environmental sabotage.

Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, called the apparent Israeli action a “terrorist attack” and urged the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to take action against the attackers. The IAEA said it was aware of the reports but declined to comment further.

This attack comes at an awkward time for President Biden as he seeks to re-engage Iran on talks to renew the failed 2015 nuclear deal. And Team Biden responded quickly:

“The United States had no involvement,” a senior administration official speaking on the condition of anonymity told U.S. News almost immediately after receiving an email query, adding, “we have nothing to add to speculation about the causes.”

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com



Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss
1 year ago

Biden will probably want to send a billion or so in cash to Iran on Pallets in the middle of the night to repair their damaged electrical grid….John Kerry will personally deliver it……after all it’s TRUMP’s fault..( that is the universal excuse for every stupid thing Democrats do )

rick beatty
rick beatty
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

Ya’ know…
I would be… NOT AT ALL surprised… if that Despot-Ass-licking Sh1tBird did exactly THAT. And, YES, I can just see HermanMunster groveling at their feet during the presentation of a planeload of “Benjamins”…

David Baker
David Baker
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

A good friend of mine was a captain for Southern Airways, which operated Lockheed L-382 aircraft to transfer materiel between USAF Repair Depots. He told me one flight his fellow Southern Airways pilot flew was over to a country in Africa. The cargo consisted of several pallets of money! You’re not just whistling Dixie with your conjecture.

David Baker
David Baker
1 year ago
Reply to  David Baker

Actually, it was Southern Air Transport. We called it CIA Airlines.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
1 year ago

LISTEN UP…ANYONE Who is NOT a FRIEND to ISRAEL….Is GOD’S ENEMY. MY SPIRIT and MY SWORD Work for GOD. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

David Baker
David Baker
1 year ago

I don’t give a frog’s fat butt about Israel. America needs to cease supporting that country, and forge our energy independence, economic vitality, sovereignty and cultural stability (The latter would be possible if liberals were marginalized.)

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer
1 year ago

The last time this happened, obama was ‘president’ and announced on world wide tv that it was a covert operation between the US and Israel.

So much for letting the STUPID/TRAITOROUS know about SECRET stuff.

if, during a security briefing it let slip that a special lot of Kelloggs Corn Flakes that was shipped to Iran contained fissionable material every box of cornflakes in the middle east would be dumped and searched less than 10 minutes after the meeting.

joe
joe
1 year ago

Senile Joe Biden is empty suit Obama’s puppet, via liar Susan Rice’s messages!

rick beatty
rick beatty
1 year ago
Reply to  joe

May I offer a minor correction, or… elaboration…
Gropey-JOke is definitely o-BonG0’s puppet, but th’ REAL puppet-master is soros, and th’ ManchurianMUZZLIM (o-BonG0) is definitely a soros Organ-MONKEY !!!